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Subject: Detachable cuffs

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Date Posted: 21:29:34 03/13/01 Tue
In reply to: K 's message, "Contruction Problems-Technique & Tips" on 15:45:15 03/10/01 Sat

My daughter's school dress has white satin cuffs. I am wondering if it is possible to make the cuffs detachable so that I can have two sets made, or at least, can clean them without cleaning the whole dress. Is this possible? If so, could someone suggest the best way to do this? I will not be making the dress myself. Our school's dressmaker will be making it. I would be happy to pay her extra to do this if it is possible.

-Detachable cuffs are easily done - you just finish off the sleeve and cuff separately, adding Velcro. I've done this for a couple of people.

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Date Posted: 21:39:26 03/13/01 Tue

What do you find is the toughest part of putting the dress together once it has been embroidered. I think it is a tossup between attaching the bodice to the skirt, and getting the zipper right. Does anyone have any pointers?
attaching the skirt!!!

-Attaching the skirt is the hardest. I gave up on the zippers a long time ago and hand pick them. In the long run it is quicker and less frustrating. I put the top half of the zipper in the bodice beforehand and then only have to sew the last third into the skirt after the bodice is attached.

-First always sew the top half of the zipper in the bodice before you sew the bodice together. The other thing I do is leave the back of the skirt open until after I attach the bodice. Then sew up the back seam, finish the zipper by hand. You can go over it later by machine if needed but a hand picked zipper is fine. Then you will need to slipstitch the skirt lining up the back seam and around the zipper.

-I attach the back bodice to the back skirt, then put the zipper in. I attach the front bodice to the front skirt, i have the lining sewn onto the front box panel and pleat. The pleat I have cut in half, I don't fold it. I attach the front to the back at the shoulders, add the sleeves, and then sew up the to sides. I attach the back lining, this is one piece that goes from the zipper to the pleat. I cover the seam with piece of lining folded over.

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